Special Session 32022-06-03T13:02:23+00:00

Connecting the real and digital worlds in Industry 4.0 environments

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 10:30-12:00, Room A304

Session Chair:
  • Ilaria Malanchini (Nokia Solutions and Networks GmbH & Co. KG, DE)

5G gained popularity especially thanks to its distinct features tailored towards the needs of vertical industries, such as high data rates, extremely low latency, and increased flexibility and reliability. Particularly, in manufacturing, 5G non-public networks provide the connectivity and processing capabilities necessary to maintain powerful digital twins of factories that are synchronized with the physical world in real-time. Such digital twins will be the foundation for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), wherein machines like industrial robots become capable to collaborate autonomously.
In this context, machine learning (ML) and augmented reality (AR) are additional technological building blocks that are crucial for creating, maintaining, and interacting with real-time digital twins. More generally, machine learning is at the centre of data-driven network management and automation, and is essential in all phases of the design, deployment, and operation of 5G networks. On the other side, augmented reality will inevitably become part of future human-machine and human-human interactions within and beyond the industrial manufacturing context.
The ARtwin and KICK projects both bring together expertise from the manufacturing and communication domains. This unprecedented blend of 5G and ML expertise creates a unique perspective on ML-supported industrial communications and their role in facilitating industrial automation. In addition, the use of augmented reality systems with vision sensors and 5G connectivity in factories opens new opportunities for the development of enriched services leading to significant productivity and quality gains.
The main objectives of this special session are to:

  • Present recent results on ML-enabled network automation and management in industrial networks.
  • Present recent results on cloud deployment of spatial computing and remote rendering services leveraging 5G connectivity to enhance augmented reality applications in industrial environment.
  • Stimulate thinking about evolution towards 6G, where networks are envisioned to be highly flexible and programmable, with integrated computation and sensing capabilities.

The session will explore the potential benefits of applying AI/ML and AR to network and service management in Industry 4.0 environments. We plan an invited speaker from the industry and four different papers presenting results achieved within the two projects.

Invited speaker (25 min): “Connecting the Dots: How 5G, Edge Computing and AI are Driving Industry 4.0”, Andreas Mueller, Bosch, Germany. Papers (15 min each + Q&A):

  1. “AR Cloud: Moving to Large Scale Augmented Reality in Industrial Environments by Leveraging of 5G Connectivity”, Jérôme Royan, b<>com, France.
  2. “Augmented Reality-Empowered Network Services for Private Networks,” Qi Liao, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Germany.
  3. “Application Aware Management of Industrial 5G Networks,” Patrick Agostini, Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Germany.
  4. “Communications in an “Embodied AI” Future,” Volkmar Döricht, Siemens AG, Germany.



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